Our objective is to promote international cooperation among scientists, engineers and other professionals in the broad field of earthquake engineering through interchange of knowledge, ideas, results of research and practical experience.
A worldwide compilation of earthquakes and their magnitudes, losses, and references for information from ancient times to the near present.http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/nndc/struts/
Up to the minute reports of worldwide earthquakes, with maps, estimates of affected local area, seismological information, and other data. http://earthquake.usgs.gov/http://earthquake.usgs.gov/
Reconnaissance reports from recent earthquakes.http://www.eeri.org
The GEM Foundation is inviting applications for the position of Secretary General, its organisational leader and chief executive. After successfully launching the OpenQuake platform in January 2015 and leading the organisation into GEM's Working Programme 2 (2014-2018) for two years, the current Secretary-General will retire by 31.12.2015. The role of Secretary General has a predominantly external focus, with the responsibility to grow the organisation's leadership in collaborative assessment and reduction of earthquake risk. The successful candidate will demonstrate an extensive track-record of success leading organisations or international initiatives in the domain of science policy or risk reduction.
Responsibilities include strategy development and implementation, coordination of operational management, increasing the engagement of a wide range of public and private partners and the contribution of a wide international community as well as development of institutional-level partnerships. The ideal candidate will have a PhD (or equivalent) in geophysics, engineering, political science, economics, or a related field, and a minimum of fifteen years' experience in organisational leadership with increasing levels of authority.
The position is full-time and based in Pavia, Italy. Deadline for applications is April 15th 2015. Further details and application instructions can be found here:http://www.globalquakemodel.org/media/cms_page_media/123/sg-call-2015-1-mail.pdf
- GEM Foundation
One of earthquake engineering's leading lights of the past several decades, Nigel Priestley, has passed away. The notice from the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering is reproduced here. It is with deep sadness that I inform you Professor Nigel Priestley passed away peacefully on Tuesday December 23, 2014 in Christchurch, surrounded by his wife and children, after a long battle with cancer. Nigel revolutionised the design of structures to resist earthquakes and made everlasting impact on the higher education for earthquake engineers in NZ, US and Europe. Nigel received numerous honours for his immense contribution to the science and art of Earthquake engineering. Amongst these, it include honorary doctorates from ETH, Zurich and Cujo Argentina; Nigel was a Distinguished Fellow of IPENZ, Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM), and a Life Member and a past President of the Society (1985-1986).
- Quincy Ma, NZSEE President
- Gregory MacRae, IAEE National Delegate of New Zealand, with much help from friends and colleagues in New Zealand and elsewhere
-IAEE Central Office
Following a formal application for membership by la Asociacion Costarricense de Ingenieria Estructural y Sismica (ACIES), the IAEE Executive Committee has resolved to accept Costa Rica as its newest Member Country. We welcome our Costa Rican colleagues into the Association. With this addition, IAEE now has reached 58 members.
-IAEE Central Office
THE IAEE AT FIFTY: A Brief History of the International Association for Earthquake Engineering By Polat Gulkan and Robert Reitherman, September 2012
But disaster pursues us. It pursues us with a step as steady as time, and an appetite as keen as death.
2. A Half-Century of Perspective
3. Seismic Safety: Our Common, Elusive Goal
4. An Overview of the Establishment and Development of IAEE
5. World Seismic Safety Initiative (WSSI) and Other Global Programs
6. The World Conferences on Earthquake Engineering
Prehistory of IAEE (1960 through 1963)
Officers of IAEE from 1963
Member Countries of IAEE as of 2012
Link to PDF file
It has now been two years since the occurrence of what has turned out to be one of the deadliest and most costly natural disasters ever witnessed in the world. The M9 mega-event that shook the northeastern seaboard of Honshu Island, where the nearest major city is Sendai, ranks among the largest seismic events that have been recorded. The earthquake unleashed a major tsunami that swept across many smaller fishing settlements along the Tohoku coastline, and exacted a human loss toll that stands in excess of 18 000 with many injured. A series of seemingly unlikely equipment failures at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant led to multiple meltdowns and releases of radioactive materials into the environment following the earthquake and tsunami.
The scale of the disaster beggars description in terms also of economic losses. While performance of building systems, railway networks and early warning equipment for lifelines was good, many images of death and destruction brought by the tsunami were etched into the memory of everyone in the world. The Japanese people bore the tragedy with fortitude, and have gained the respect of other countries that must live within the shadow of the seismic threat because of the many individual tales of communal spirit and selfless solidarity.
This disaster must serve as a call for sustained vigilance and unflagging preparedness to protect lives and assets against the seismic hazard. The Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) against natural disasters and their harmful effects was crafted in 2005 in Japan ten years after the Kobe earthquake to serve as the blueprint for risk reduction policies that governments must adopt and enforce. The International Association for Earthquake Engineering (IAEE) was among professional organizations that contributed to the preparation of HFA, and through its member national organizations, has been among the principal mechanisms for implementing the guiding principles that it has outlined.
We respectfully commemorate the memory of victims of the March 11, 2011 Japan earthquake with bowed heads, and pledge to pursue the objectives of IAEE in ensuring a safer world for all those who stand in danger of the seismic peril.
-Officers and Executive Committee Members of IAEE
The electric copies of the 3345 papers presented in the 15th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering in Lisbon, Portugal, 2012 are posted online (http://www.nicee.org/wcee/). The 15th WCEE provided a unique opportunity to establish synergies between participants from different engineering areas and from such varied fields as earth sciences, economics and social sciences, and contributed to a global effort of the scientific and technical community towards a safer world in what regards the earthquake risk.
Special thanks go to a digital archiving project of the WCEE proceedings.
A fellowship fund has been established in the name of Joseph Penzien to fund and support graduate engineering students enrolled in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Preference will be given to students who have demonstrated financial need and have chosen the field of structural engineering and structural mechanics. The goal is to raise $500,000 to qualify for a named graduate fellowship. [more]